2023 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire

by Dylan Clemons
2023 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire

Hello Fantasy nerds! NFL Week 1 has wrapped up, which means it is to discuss the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire!

Many players you thought could be main-stays in your lineups disappointed this week. Those names include Joe Burrow, Saquon Barkley, Tee Higgins, Amari Cooper, D.J. Moore and Drake London.

Unforutnelty we lost J.K. Dobbins for the season to an Achilles injury as well. At the time of this article being submitted, we are still waiting for an official update on Aaron Rodgers.

I will be here every week helping to decipher what players are one-week surprises and which players can add value to your squad moving forward.

In this article, we will be targeting players on the waiver wire who are under 50% owned on the FantasyPros consensus roster percentage.

At this point in the season, you need to make sure you aren't overreacting to a small sample size. I am here to help with that. Now let's jump into the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire!

2023 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire

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Top Waiver Adds

Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (34.4% Rostered)

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Apparently, we shouldn't have taken Kenny Gainwell not playing in the preseason with a grain of salt. Gainwell was the guy in this Eagles backfield in Week 1. Gainwell played 41 snaps to 19 for De'Andre Swift and just eight for Boston Scott. They signed Rashaad Penny in the offseason and he was a healthy scratch.

It looks as if Gainewell is the lead back, and he looked okay doing so against a tough New England Patriots defense. He had 14 attempts for 54 yards but caught all four of his targets for 20 yards finishing just shy of 10 half PPR points. If Gainwell continues to see this type of workload he will consistently put up RB2 numbers for your Fantasy teams.

I think starting in Week 2 you can plug Gainwell in as your RB2 and feel solid about it in a soft matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. After the Vikings, the next three games are against Tampa Bay, Washington, and the Rams. That's a nice schedule moving forward for Gainwell, and he is someone I am aggressively targeting on the wire around 25-30% of my FAAB budget.

Update: Kenny Gainwell DNP for a second consecutive day. He’ll need to log at least a limited practice tomorrow for a chance to suit up Thursday night vs. the Vikings.

Kyren Williams, RB, Los Angeles Rams (7.7% Rostered)

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This was the biggest head-scratcher for me as a Cam Akers owner. The second-year running back Kyren Williams out-snapped Cam Akers 53 to 28. I think it is safe to say that nobody saw that coming. With that happening, Williams outscored Akers 17.4 to 8.9 in Fantasy points.

I still don't think Williams will out-snap  Akers for the rest of the season. However, I think it is safe to say that Williams will have a role as the third down running back as the season continues. If he can keep that role, this Rams team projects to be pretty bad this season, so they should be playing from behind in most games. That bodes well for the pass-catching / 3rd down-back in the offense.

The outlook next week is not great playing against the San Francisco 49ers who allowed the fewest Fantasy points to the running back position last season. Although that isn't ideal, the game script could actually work in his favor. In his next four games, the Rams play Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and the Cardinals. I am okay with spending 15-20% of my FAAB on Kyren Williams.

Zay Jones, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (30.1% Rostered)

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We were wondering who the odd man out was in two wide receiver sets in this Jaguars offense, and it wasn't Zay Jones. Jones played a team-high 88.6% of the snaps and is the starting outside receiver for this offense. I had thought that it was a possibility for Christan Kirk to slide back into the slot as he played mostly in Arizona with the addition of Calvin Ridley, and that is precisely what happened.

Jones played 62 snaps compared to Christian Kirk who played just 42. H also out-targeted Kirk seven to three, but Kirk did have a tough matchup with Kenny Moore in the slot. Jones could be the second-highest target-getter in this offense that we believe could be elite this season.

Zay Jones needs to be rostered in 100% of leagues and can definitely find a way into your lineup. The schedule is extremely juicy as well and the Jags get Kansas City, Houston, Atlanta, and Buffalo over their next four.

Robert Woods, WR,  Houston Texans (3.4% Rostered)

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Robert Woods is not the sexiest name on this list but he could get the job done. The Veteran wide receiver played the most snaps out of the entire wide receiver corps. He caught six of his ten targets for 57 yards.

We expect Houston to be trailing in most games moving forward so Wodds could continue to see 7-10 targets a game. CJ Stroud could continue to show trust in the veteran wideout early on this season especially with second-year wide receiver John Metchie missing time.

The Texans get Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta over the next four weeks, all teams that can be thrown on.

Puka Nacua, WR, Los Angeles Rams (3.7% Rostered)

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I hope I am not getting ahead of myself here by putting two Rams in this article. However, I could have put three in here realistically. But, Puka Nacua was awesome in Week 1. He saw a massive amount of volume catching 10 of his 15 targets for 119 yards tying teammate Tutu Atwell in yards.

This wasn't even the best game script for these young receivers either. The Rams were in control for most of the second half of the game and ended up winning. We do not expect them to win many more games this year, so we should see even better game scripts.

With Cooper Kupp missing at least three more games, Nacua and Atwell should continue to produce in some capacity. Put claims on both Rams receivers and hope you are able to get one of them.

Hayden Hurst, TE, Carolina Panthers (7.9% Rostered)

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I really regret not putting Hayden Hurst in my tight end sleepers video on the Fantasy Six Pack YouTube Channel. It is in the realm of possibility that Hayden Hurst can lead this Panthers team in targets as he did in Week 1

Adam Thielen is already banged up, and DJ Chark already missed Week 1 with a hamstring injury. Hurst caught five of his seven targets for 41 yards and a touchdown which was good enough to be TE2 scoring 12.6 Fantasy points. We know Bryce Young is looking to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible with the offensive line struggling, so why wouldn't he look at the tight end?

Now, he does play the Saints in Week 2 and they were the best team in the NFL against tight ends last season. But after that, he gets Seattle in Week 3 who gave up the most Fantasy points to tight ends last season. Hurst is my top tight end on the waiver wire.

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  • Brock Purdy (San Francisco 49ers) Good matchup against the Rams on paper

Running Back

Wide Receiver

Tight End

There really isn't anyone that I am interested in this week on blowing more than half of my FAAB budget. However, if you need running back or wide receiver help you can throw a couple of bucks at a few of these names and they can plug a hole in your roster.

A couple of my favorite names from behind the paywall include Sam LaPorta, Jaylen Warren, and either one of the Baltimore Ravens running backs. LaPorta looks to be the second-leading target-getter in a really good Detroit offense. Plus, the tight end is a wasteland right now. As for Jaylen Warren, he didn't produce well, but he saw just eight fewer snaps than Najee Harris, which is something to keep an eye on.

A late addition to the article is Joshua Kelley, who now is an important add for those who have Austin Ekeler. Ekeler is dealing with an ankle injury. Despite that though Kelley was utilized a lot last week so he will be involved.

The Ravens backfield is gross now with J.K. Dobbins being out however, both of these guys should be rostered to see how this offense plays out the rest of the way.

I hope the Week 2 waiver wire article helped,  and if you have any suggestions on how to make the article better hit me up on Twitter @dclemons2222.

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